Comey shares doubts about Trump, Rus­sia


Former FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey says he thinks it’s pos­si­ble the Rus­sians have com­pro­mis­ing in­for­ma­tion on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and that there is “some ev­i­dence of obstruction of jus­tice” in the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions. That in­cluded Trump’s re­quest to end an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into former White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn.

In an ABC News in­ter­view that aired Sun­day, Comey ac­knowl­edged that it was “stun­ning” to think that Rus­sia could have dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion on a pres­i­dent but said he could not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity.

“It is stun­ning and I wish I wasn’t say­ing it, but it’s just — it’s the truth. I can­not say that,” Comey said. “It al­ways struck me and still strikes me as un­likely, and I woulda been able to say with high con­fi­dence about any other pres­i­dent I dealt with, but I can’t. It’s pos­si­ble.”

He also an­swered “pos­si­bly” when asked if the pres­i­dent was at­tempt­ing to ob­struct jus­tice when he cleared the Oval Of­fice of other of­fi­cials last February and en­cour­aged him to close the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Flynn, who pleaded guilty last De­cem­ber to ly­ing to the FBI and is now co-oper­at­ing with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­ter­view aired hours af­ter a vit­ri­olic Twit­ter out­burst from the pres­i­dent, who called Comey “slip­pery,” sug­gested he should be in jail and la­belled him the “the WORST FBI Di­rec­tor in his­tory, by far!”

Trump fired off a se­ries of tweets ahead of Comey’s first in­ter­view on the book, which of­fers his ver­sion of the events sur­round­ing his fir­ing as FBI di­rec­tor by Trump and the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email prac­tices.

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